A Canaanite and Phoenician port about twenty miles north of Beirut, known to the Greeks as Byblos and today called Jebail. Mentioned in (Josh 13:5) as part of the “land that still remains” to be conquered, it was famous for its craftsmen: stonemasons and carpenters who helped construct Solomon’s Temple (1Kgs 5:18) and shipwrights (Ezek 27:9) who used cedar, spruce, and cypress from the high mountains immediately east of the city.
5and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the east, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo-hamath,
18So Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders and the Gebalites did the stonecutting and prepared the timber and the stone to build the house.
9The elders of Gebal and its artisans were within you,
caulking your seams;
all the ships of the sea with their mariners were within you,
to barter for your war ... View more